With COVID-19 in full swing, small groups and Bible studies are being cancelled or severely limited. Zoom helps churches maintain this sense of community. Small groups can be broken into breakout rooms where they can discuss different topics. And you can even lock the Zoom church meeting so that no one can share their screen. These are just a few of the benefits of Zoom for churches. Read on to learn more about these features and many others! And if you haven’t tried it yet, we highly recommend you try it out!
Breakout rooms allow for small-group discussions
A breakout room is a great way to facilitate small-group discussions during church meetings. You can assign each group to a specific room and adjust the number of participants manually. If a small group isn’t engaging, you can simply turn off the microphone and leave. The breakout rooms are available 20 minutes before the meeting begins and can be closed for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time.
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To create breakout rooms, use the web portal for Zoom and assign people to specific groups. You can automatically assign people to breakout rooms based on their email address. Make sure that everyone in the breakout rooms has the same email address. Afterwards, you can manually assign people to a room or make sure that everyone is on the same room. To make sure that each person gets a breakout room, use the preset button or manually assign people to a group.
To get started with live transcription of Zoom church meetings, simply sign in and click the “Live Transcript” button. This feature can help you understand what is being said in your meeting in real time. The quality of the live transcription depends on several factors, including background noise, speaker’s voice and dialect, and the speed at which you speak. You can also use a third-party captioning service or provide captions manually. For more help, you can check out Zoom’s online help center. In addition to FAQs, the company offers a style guide to help you write the transcription for church meetings.
Once you’ve signed up for the service, you’ll need a computer with a camera and audio input. You can also use a local phone line to listen in. The website provides an excellent “How To” sheet made by Kelly Skilton from Murrumbeena UC, and the VicTas UCA Youth team has produced a long list of introductory resources. While these resources are helpful, you don’t need them all. Zoom costs $7.95 per month, but you don’t need them all.
Limiting who can share their screen
One way to avoid letting someone else see or share their screen in a Zoom church meeting is to limit who can share their screen. This feature can be enabled when the meeting is set up or after it has begun. By limiting who can share their screen, you can prevent someone from sharing inappropriate content or causing mischief on the whiteboard. In addition, this can prevent people who might be causing trouble from rejoining the meeting.
You can restrict screen sharing to just the host. If you want to limit who can share their screen during the meeting, you can choose “Host only” in the Advanced Sharing Options. This is the safest option, because there have been cases where hackers have hacked into conference calls and shared inappropriate materials. This option lets the host control who can share their screen, but it does prevent anyone else from being able to share their screen.
Locking Zoom meeting
If your church has a lot of guests, you may want to consider locking your Zoom church meeting. This can help protect your congregation from rogue attendees. You can lock your meeting by using a password and attaching it to the link you share. In the meantime, you can keep unauthorized people from accessing the meeting. To lock the meeting, follow the instructions in the locking Zoom church meeting guide. If you are hosting an important church meeting, you should also lock the link to keep rogue attendees out.
The first step to securing your Zoom church meeting is to use a password. This password will keep people from accessing your meeting. If you don’t want people to enter it themselves, use a different password. You can also create a new Meeting ID for each meeting. Adding a password to your Zoom church meeting is an extra layer of security that keeps unwanted guests from joining. By following these steps, you can rest assured that the meeting will remain confidential and secure.